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Blue MitchellBrasses & Strings (aka Smooth As The Wind) (record plays from the INSIDE OUT) ... LP
Fortissimo/Riverside, 1961. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
A rare one from Blue Mitchell – issued on the Riverside offshoot label Fortissimo – and a record that plays from the INSIDE OUT – starting at the inner label and playing through to the outer groove – backwards from conventional albums! The re-titled set features music from Blue's Riverside date Smooth As The Wind – a slightly different record than usual for Blue – not as down-n-dirty and funky, but more "smooth as the wind" – with Blue blowing solos over larger arrangements by Tadd Dameron and Benny Golson, a small string group mixed with jazz and horn backings. Given the hipness of the arrangers, the session's still got a nice edge – and the choice of material takes it past the realm of stringy standards, into a more complex mode that shows a very different side of Blue. Titles include "Strollin", "A Blue Time", "For Heaven's Sake", "Peace", and "Smooth As The Wind". As noted above, this record plays opposite from most of the records you own – from the INSIDE OUT. To start play you must drop the needle on what would normally be the runout groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear red vinyl pressing. PLEASE NOTE: THIS RECORD PLAYS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! Cover has a split top seam.)

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Monty AlexanderMontreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a clear heir to Oscar Peterson in such a setting – but one who's also possibly bringing a bit more groove to the table! Rhythm is from John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums – who are perfect accompanists for Monty's nicely rolling style on the keys! Titles include "Drown In My Own Tears", "Feelings", "Work Song", "Nite Mist Blues", and "Satin Doll". CD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Also available
Montreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival ... CD 7.99
Montreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival (30th Anniversary Edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Curtis AmyMustang! ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
A fantastic LP of beautiful modal tracks, played by one of the most underrated reed players ever, during the most fruitful time of his career. At this point, Amy's moved away from his bluesy Texas roots, and has discovered a freer Coltrane-esque sound that works beautifully with his spiritual, strident compositions. Although the record was pushed by Verve with the funkier track "Mustang" (also recorded by Donald Byrd), the record really sounds more like a Nathan Davis record, with a mix of tenor and soprano sax that is extremely spiritual. Tracks include "Mustang" (2 versions), "Shaker Heights", "Enojo", and "Old Devil Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Cover is stained and wavy on the bottom half, with peeled patches and stuck-on paper on front.)

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Brian AugerBack To The Beginning Again – A Brian Auger Anthology Vol 2 ... CD
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $9.99
A totally wonderful collection – even better than the first volume, and filled with rare and unusual work from this legendary British keyboardist! The set features loads of gems from Brian's early years – some mod piano rompers and heavy Hammond groovers – showing a very strong tie to the soul jazz sound of the early 60s, which then transforms into some excellent 70s groovers as the set moves in – work that's every bit as tremendous as the tunes that start out the set. Even if you've got some of Auger's albums in your collection, there's way more to discover here – and the set has a brilliant focus on the deepest, most soulful side of his music! Titles include "In & Out", "Love For Sale", "Pavane", "Maiden Voyage", "Black Octopus", "Ella", "Inner City Blues", "Brain Damage", "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend", "Funky Mama", "Moanin", "Straight Ahead", "Work Song", "Poinciana", and "Lament For Miss Baker". Even features notes on the music by Auger himself! CD

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Count BasieBasie ... LP
Clef, Early 50s. Good+ ... $9.99
A beautiful early Verve recording by Basie – one that's packaged here in a great David Stone Martin cover, with a red and blue watercolor of Basie himself. Players include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, Marshall Royal, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Bennie Powell, and Freddie Green – plus Basie, of course. Titles include "Two Franks", "Ska Di Didle Dee Bee Doo", "Rails", "Blues Backstage", and "Perdido" – and there's a very strong focus on the best soloists in the group! (Note: this material was also issued under the title The Band Of Distinction – but this is the first version.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Clef pressing with a trumpeter logo & deep groove.)

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Don Byas/Ben Webster/Coleman Hawkins/Lester YoungTenor Sax (4 x 78rpm album) ... 78 RPM
Savoy, Mid 40s. Very Good 4 x 78rpm album ... $9.99
Includes the tracks "What Do You Want With My Heart" and "Don's Idea" by Don Byas, "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Blue Skies" by Ben Webster, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" and "Stompin At The Savoy" by Coleman Hawkins, and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance" and "Lebster's Savoy Jump by Lester Young. (78 RPM, Jazz) 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Please note – Disc 4 (Lester Young sides) is missing from the set. Album and labels all have a small sticker.)

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CandidoCandido The Volcanic ... LP
ABC, 1957. Fair ... $4.99
Candido's firey conga is backed by a tight jazz group conducted by Ernie Wilkins. The players include Art Farmer, Jimmy Cleveland, Hank Jones, and Ernie Royal, and although they don't get to solo much, they play nice and hard, and give Candido great support in the background. Tracks include "Lady in Red", "Warm Blue Stream", "Tin Tin Deo", "Kinda Dukish", and "Takeela". (Latin, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear with splitting & aging. NOTE: Vinyl has heat warpage that makes the first track on each side unplayable.)

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Miles DavisCookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Fair ... $43.99
A seminal session from the team of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – not nearly as "cookin" (at least in a blowing session way) as you might guess from the title, but instead a beautiful example of the lyrically modern explorations the pair created together! Rhythm is by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – but the horn work of Davis and Coltrane are clearly the starring attraction on the set! Titles include "Tune Up", "Blues By Five", and "Airegin" – plus the pair's classic reading of "My Funny Valentine". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Yellow & black label 50th St NYC pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has some wear & a split bottom seam. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
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Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 2.99
Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... CD 3.99
Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (2LP 180 gram pressing - 45rpm) ... LP 99.99

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Kenny DorhamBut Beautiful ... LP
Milestone, Late 50s/1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
Nice 2 LP collection of some of Kenny Dorham's beautiful lyrical trumpet work for the Riverside label from the late 50's. The set features material from the albums Jazz Contrasts, Two Horns/Two Rhythms, Blue Spring, and This Is The Moment – plus one track from Abbey Lincoln's album That's Him. The focus is largely on Dorham's sweeter moments, and the set features a host of great original compositions by him, including "Poetic", "Spring Cannon", "La Villa", and "Blue Spring". There's a good set of notes, too, which were written not too long after Dorham's early death in 1972. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Live – Sweet Soul ... LP
Gateway, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A fantastic bit of late 60's funk, and a surprisingly slammin' record from Dizzy! The album was clearly recorded at the same time as Dizzy's classic Soul & Salvation session – as it's got the same funky feel as that record, one that stands as one of our all time favorite albums by Diz. The tracks are short with a choppy groove that's totally heavy duty – electric bass at the bottom, stepping out the sound of the cuts, while Diz and a reed player (James Moody) solo over the top in a sweetly soulful way. The record is wonderful all the way through – with a mad mad full-on funk sound that will make your jaw drop! Titles include "Slew Foot", "Soul Mama", "Azure Blue", "Dirty Dude", "Party Man", "Get To That", "Soul Time", and "Getting Down". (Please note that this material has been issued under a number of different titles.) LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny Griffin with Eddie Lockjaw DavisFrom Johnny Griffin With Love – The Unique Storyville Collection (3CDs & DVD) ... CD
Storyville, 1964/1981/1984/1989. Used 3CD & DVD ... $17.99
3CDs, and one DVD – a heck of a lot of music in one groovy little box set! The 3CDs each feature a different overseas performance by American tenor legend Johnny Griffin – working in very familiar territory of Copenhagen, in long, open-ended recordings that really show his inventive strengths on the tenor sax! CD 1 features a 1964 performance with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – on titles that include "Doctor's Blues", "Night In Tunisia", "Wee Dot", and "Body & Soul". CD 2 features a 1984 performance with Eddie Lockjaw Davis joining Griff in the frontline on additional tenor – with rhythm by Harry Pickens on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – on titles that include "Funky Fluke", "Hey Lock", "Lester Leaps In", "Blues Up & Down", and "Oh Gee". CD 3 features a 1989 date, with Drew on piano again – on titles that include "Just Friends", "Isfahan", "Slukefter Blues", and "Hush A Bye". The set also features a DVD – with 3 tracks from a Village Vanguard performance by Griffin in 1981, with Ronnie Matthews on piano – on titles that include "A Monk's Dream", "56 & Closing", and "Opening/Blues For Gonzi". DVD also features 2 more 1985 tracks by Eddie Lockjaw Davis (without Griffin) – "S'Wonderful" and "Shiny Stockings" – both recorded in Copehagen. CD
(Please note there is a small tear on the outer case cover.)

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Barry HarrisLive At Dug – Complete Edition (2CD Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 1995. New Copy 2 CDs ... $29.99
Barry Harris recorded live in Tokyo – working at the intimate Dug nightclub, with backing from Japanese players Kunimitsuj Inaba on bass and Fumio Watanabe on drums! The style here is in the warmer side of the Harris spectrum – sometimes introspective, sometimes a bit more grooving – but always played with a strong degree of sensitivity on the keys of the piano, and recorded in a way that has Barry right out front in the mix. There's a great sense of maturity and grace going on here – and if anything, Harris has become an even more interesting pianist as the years have gone on – dropping some of his too-powerful styles from earlier years, in favor of well-placed notes and a greatly expanded sense of space that really comes through on this set. Titles include "Luminescence", "Somebody Loves Me", "No Name Blues", "Oblivion", "It Could Happen To You", "East Of The Sun", and "Nascimento". Note that this 2CD set is the full, complete version of the recordings that were only issued on one disc by Enja – a total of 15 tracks, and a great deal of music overall! CD

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Stan KentonInnovations Orchestra ... CD
Capitol, Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
A brilliant collection of work from Stan Kenton – recordings from his Innovations Orchestra, the groundbreaking group from the years 1950 and 1951, which featured players that include Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, and Laurindo Almeida! The work features Kenton in some of his most modern modes – taking the broad range of colors and tones he first started forging in the late 40s, and fusing them onto some modern jazz ideals of the early 50s. The result is some incredible music that still sounds extremely fresh today – tracks that still have a swinging rhythm and jazz-based solos, but which also have a keen ear towards the 20th Century Classical Music of mid century. Titles include "Solitaire", "Soliloquy", "June Christy", "Shelly Manne", "House Of Strings", "Cello-logy", "Art Pepper", "Halls Of Brass", "In Veradero", "Blues In Riff", and "Coop's Solo". 2CDs, great notes, and 30 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Herbie MannDo The Bossa Nova With Herbie Mann ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good ... $7.99
A great album of bossa groovers, recorded by Herbie in the early days of the US bossa boom – and with a sound that's right on the money! The backing's very lively, and the tracks have a tight bossa sound that's quite authentic. Herbie's flute is livelier than usual, and on a set like this, you can hear why it's no wonder that he's been so respected by Latin and Brazilian players over the years. Titles include "Voce E Eu", "Bossa Velha", "Blues Walk", "One Note Samba", "Amor Em Paz", and "Deve Ser Amor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Bill Mason/Gary ChandlerGettin' Off/Outlook ... CD
Westbound, Early 70s. Used ... $10.99
2 killer jazz funk albums – both rare, and both on one CD! The records were cut for the short-lived Eastbound side of the soul/funk Westbound label, both under the supervision of Bob Porter, who handled some of the best early 70s jazz funk work for Prestige! Both albums also feature drumming by the super-heavy Idris Muhammad – who keeps things very much in his classic breakbeat mode. Bill Mason was an obscure organ player who performed on the legendary Rusty Bryant funk LPs (Fire Eater & Wildfire), and his session here has the same kind of fierce groove – with tenor by Hubert Laws, trumpet by Gary Chandler, and guitar by Wilbert Longmire. Titles on that one include "Gettin Off", "Stone", "Mistery Jay", and "Now Run & Tell That". Gary Chandler's album is even better – and features organ work by Ceasar Frazier, guitar by Cornell Dupree, and tenor by Harold Ousley. The album includes a much-sampled version of "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms", plus the cuts "Kaleidoscope", "Jet Set", and "Blue Dues". Both records are great – and together, they'd cost you well over $100 in the original! (Please note that a version of "Let's Stay Together" has been shortened to the 4 minute single edit, due to space restrictions.) CD
Also available Gettin' Off/Outlook (UK pressing) ... CD 10.99

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Jack McDuffNatural Thing ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Fair ... $4.99
Amazing! This fantastic album by Jack McDuff is one of his best from the late 60's, and it almost never turns up on vinyl anymore. The album's a massive set of grooves that pits McDuff's funky organ against some very heavy soul jazz arrangements by Richard Evans. Evans provides a beautiful set of grooves for McDuff to solo over, and the arrangements never get bogged down in any hokiness, or any sort of predictable sound. The set sparkles with imagination, and while it brings to light a lot of the whimsy and humor that McDuff adds to his solos in a live setting, it also adds a tightness that doesn't always show up on other records by him. Nearly every cut's a winner, and titles include "Let My People Go", "Who Stole My Soul?", "Funky Guru", "Ain't It?", "The Natural Thing", and the most amazing version of "Con Alma" you'll ever hear! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Sal NisticoComin On Up ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $9.99
An early 60s session by tenorist Sal Nistico – a great player who spent most of his life in bigger bands, but who also knew how to shine on small group settings like these! With Sal Amico, Barry Harris, Bob Cranshaw, and Vinnie Ruggero – all of whom make Sal cook a lot more than usual, and who give the set an early 60s soul jazz groove that was typical of the best work coming out on the Jazzland label at the time. 7 tracks in all: "Cheryl", "Ariescene", "By Myself", "Samicotico", "Comin On Up", "Easy Living" and "Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Note: Cover has some water damage on the bottom two inches, resulting in some peeling. Rest is nice.)

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Oscar PetersonAnother Day ... LP
MPS, 1970. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Hard-stepping work by Oscar Peterson – a record that's got a bit more of a forceful groove than some of his others from the time, thanks in part to the rhythm section of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums! Peterson's really romping around the keys on some of the tunes – hitting hard with the left hand in a nicely bluesy mode on some numbers, then rolling back to his more lyrically introspective style on others. The whole thing's got a great MPS approach to production that makes the notes ring forth with amazing clarity – and titles include "Blues For Martha", "Greensleeves", "All The Things You Are", "I'm Old Fashioned", "The JAMFs Are Coming", and "Carolina Shout". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Roscoe Mitchell & Note FactoryThis Dance Is For Steve McCall ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1993. Used ... $6.99
There's something about the memory of Steve McCall that seems to bring out the best in any AACM player – and this early 90s session from Roscoe Mitchell is great proof of that fact! The album's one that has Mitchell returning a bit to the sound textures of his early roots – even though he's working with a strong-voiced sextet that includes Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Vincent Davis on drums. The tunes have some of the qualities of Mitchell's Sound Ensemble work, but also often drop into much sparer territory – touched with quiet exploration of space and sound that reminds us of earlier Art Ensemble recordings. Titles include "Ah", "Uptown Strut", "Ericka", "Variations For String Bass & Piano", "This Dance Is For Steve McCall", and "The Far East Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Harry Arnold, Tony Scott, & Quincy JonesBig Band In Concert 1957 to 1958 ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1957/1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest pairings of American and Swedish players of the 50s happened under the guidance of bandleader Harry Arnold – the top Swedish jazz orchestra leader of the time, and an artist who also managed to get a few American releases at the time! The tracks on this set are pulled from 3 different live recordings in the years 1957 and 1958 – the last half of which are especially noteworthy, as they feature Arnold working with a young Quincy Jones, who'd also brought the great trumpeter Benny Bailey into the sessions. Other tracks on the set showcase the clarinet talents of Tony Scott – who also arranged a fair number of tunes – and who plays here alongside Swedish soloists that include Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberg, and Sixten Eriksson. Alice Babs sings on one track on the CD – and the package features 17 titles that include "Meet Benny Bailey", "Six-Ten", "Stand By", "The Moon Walks", "Frantic Blues", "Kinda Blues", "Have You Met Quincy Jones", and "Room 608". CD
Also available Big Band In Concert 1957 to 1958 ... CD 9.99
 
 
 



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